February 4, 2012 in Question of the Week, Should grieving be considered a psychiatric disorder? by Tom Condon
Should grieving be considered a psychiatric disorder? How do you define grief? How do you counsel or minister to those who are grieving? Can/should grief be medicated?
Grief should not be considered a psychiatric disorder, but a normal reaction to loss in one’s life. Everyone experiences grief. I experienced it last fall when my Mother died. I felt most comforted by knowing that the church was present to me, praying for me and reaching out to me. Here I don’t mean just the people of St. Peter, although they were wonderfully present, but all God’s people of different faiths and traditions. Grief support groups are often very helpful. Time is also necessary for healing.
When Mother died, someone who had also just lost a loved one said to me, “How do people without faith get through these times?” I responded by saying, “I don’t know. But aren’t you glad we have our faith to see us through?”